One of the things that floors me is how people in the West not only seem to be more susceptible to Putin’s cult of personality, but they actually end up projecting their own values and ideas onto him. This is a topic I’ve dealt with before in this parody article. Or if you prefer a fresh case study, take a look at this idiotic article on an extremely sketchy website. It just so happens that today, shortly after I discovered that article, a friend of mine hit the mother lode of insane bullshit. And I do seriously mean insane. As you shall soon see, the only way the author could be sane is if they are deliberately lying, and to lie on that level would suggest they might be a sociopath, i.e. insane.
Behold, as former-civil-servant-turned-conspiracy-crank Paul Craig Roberts writes an article that displays so much admiration, if not awe of Vladimir Putin, that one gets the impression that Roberts was actually masturbating furiously while writing it. Now there are plenty of other reasons to dismiss Roberts as an insane crank. Here’s the latest, for example. But for the sake of argument I’m only going to deal with his insane love affair with the midget.
No, I don’t plan to debunk this line by line. For one thing, Roberts’ article is basically a short intro with what he claims are Putin’s “remarkable remarks” (brilliant writing there) from a past Valdai forum. But I’m going to highlight one key part because it demonstrates what I’ve been saying about people projecting their ideal onto Putin with no background knowledge of Russia or its president. Here it is right here, in all its tin-foil covered glory:
In my opinion, Putin is such a towering figure that Washington has him marked for assassination. The CIA will use one of the Muslim terrorists that the CIA supports inside Russia. Unlike an American president, who dares not move among the people openly, Putin is not kept remote from the people. Putin is at ease with the Russian people and mingles among them. This makes him an easy target for the CIA to use a Chechnya terrorist, a Jihadist suicide bomber, or the traditional “lone nut” to assassinate Putin.
Alright let me get that assassination prediction out of the way. This was written in 2014. Since then, a Russian politician was gunned down literally about one hundred meters from the Kremlin wall. So far only patsies have been found, with no investigation into who could have ordered it. In the beginning, Russia’s Investigative Committee implicated pretty much everybody but the most likely suspects. According to them, Boris Nemtsov might have been killed by Praviy Sektor, the Ukrainian SBU, or the liberal opposition, all of whom are apparently capable of carrying out such an assassination right next to the Kremlin. See Roberts got it wrong- the evil CIA global conspiracy never targets its enemies. No, they just pay people to stir up trouble and then kill them, thus bringing more people to their cause- oh wait. This never actually happens. But in any case the CIA just keeps doing it. So much for that Putin assassination.
Now let’s get to the meat of this paragraph of incomprehensible stupid. American presidents don’t “move among the people openly,” and Putin “mingles” among the Russian people. Uh…No. No he does not. Putin has photo ops with some ordinary (carefully hand-picked people) from time to time and he does a call in show once a year to take specially planned calls. Other than that, Putin doesn’t even come into the Kremlin very often in recent years. On his third inauguration in 2012 the streets of Moscow were closed off for miles around. It turned out to be all for naught, however, since the thronging crowds failed to appear.
Hell, just look what happens when Putin is allowed to mingle with “the Russian people.”
And as if that weren’t bad enough, look what happened when Putin later tried to explain himself:
“‘He seemed very independent and serious… I wanted to cuddle him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. He seemed so nice,’ he said.”
But yeah, mingling. Right.
What I’m getting at here is that the facts mentioned above are all well-known and there are few Kremlin officials or supporters who would even attempt to deny them. Nobody will deny that the Russian Federal Guard Service (FSO), which is tasked with protecting the president much like the American Secret Service, also has another mission which is to scour the country for signs of unrest and smooth them over, particularly before official visits. In fact I recently learned that on at least one occasion when the president was visiting RT’s offices, other workers were effectively locked in their offices for security reasons. And of course, few will deny that the Kremlin pays people to show up for its various rallies and demonstrations. They might deny that threats are used against state workers in order to get them to attend such events, but the evidence that they do is far to great to ignore.
I could go on, citing example after example with link upon link, but I think this will suffice in order to make my point, which is that Paul Craig Roberts basically knows dick about Vladimir Putin, a man whom Roberts seems to worship. There is only one other possibility- Roberts does know more about Putin’s actual routine and yet is deliberately lying about him. Either way it’s bad, but to be honest I think my initial conclusion is correct. Roberts doesn’t know anything about Putin so he basically fills in the gaps with his own ideal fantasy president.
Does the reader appreciate how bizarre this is? Here’s a guy that assumes that any world leader who appears to be on the “mainstream media’s” shit list must be a wonderful, wise, and great leader. He knows nothing about him and yet without even bothering to check he invents a fantasy of this incredibly accessible president who “mingles” openly among his people. He’s just a few steps away from believing in Santa Claus.
This thing totally baffles me because I simply cannot get into the heads of people who do this. I don’t know who the president or prime minister of Indonesia is at the moment. What if I looked them up, and then simply because they are not my country’s leaders, began to project all my political ideals onto them without having visited Indonesia or without even doing cursory research on their background and political history? What if I just decided that they were radical socialists who believed in the same values I believe in, and I explained away the lack of Western media coverage as a hostile media blackout? Would that not be insane?
And yet as I have shown in the past, Westerners, even educated ones like Paul Craig Roberts, do exactly that all the time with Putin. What does it take to sit down, put your ideas into Putin’s mouth, and write a “speech” where the president of a country you obviously know nothing about just happens to feel passionate about the same things you believe in? I mean on some level you have to be conscious of the fact that you’re making this up, right? Or in the case of Paul Craig Roberts, he must be cognizant of the fact that he hasn’t really devoted any time to learning some of the most basic facts about Putin, which are widely available. But then again, I’m sure any article or work that fails to represent Putin as the savior of Russia if not the entire world will be instantly dismissed by Roberts, who knows better than to listen to “presstitutes.”
Still, is there really no pang of doubt? Then again, we’re talking about a guy who believes 9/11 was an inside job, and who believes there are conspiracies behind both the Sandy Hook and Orlando shootings. So uh yeah…He’s lost it. But the scary thing is he’s by no means the only one.